Belvedere auf dem Pfingstberg, Potsdam

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The Belvedere on the Pfingstberg is a large structure north of the New Garden in Potsdam, Germany, at the summit of Pfingstberg hill. It was commissioned by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia and built between 1847 and 1863 as a viewing platform.The Belvedere forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin, inscribed in 1999.HistoryIt was commissioned by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia and as completed is only part of a substantially more extensive project for the hilltop site. The Belvedere was built, as its name suggests, as a viewing platform for visitors and contains only two modest scale rooms for entertainment, one in each upper tower. The mural decoration of these (Roman-Etruscan and Moorish, respectively) is mostly now lost.Architecturally eclectic, the two towers are modelled on Italian Renaissance architecture whilst the wings are Roman in style and some of the detailed decoration is Greek-inspired. It was constructed between 1847 and 1863 with an interruption from 1852 to 1860.Based on sketches from the King, the architects Ludwig Persius, Friedrich August Stüler and drew detailed plans. The landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné was responsible for the design of the grounds which are planted in the manner of the English landscape garden with serpentine paths and dense copses of hardwood trees. These now obstruct views of the Belvedere from the park and almost all points in Potsdam, but are apparently as designed by Lenné.
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  • A very nice spot to get an overview of Potsdam and the landscape around it. Especially in the summer nights interesting events take place there. Music at sunset, a wonderful view over the city and ove...  more »
  • North of the city of Potsdam, in the middle of the Woods, your will find a small wonder. A belvedere Castle. Inspired by Italian renaissance, it was built in the 19th century. It deserves a visit and spend a few hours to visit and walk in the Park. Very few people (except when it is partially rented for private festivities). Admission is pay €4 50 for adult
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  • Double Tower facility located in the Italian style, as Castle on the Pfingstberg Hill (formerly Jewish mountain). Imposing buildings with fronts, staircase and large courtyard with pool. To GDR times neglected and expire, it was lovingly restored after German reunification. Super suitable for outdoor events. Inside to visit. From the towers, you have a beautiful view over Potsdam and its lakes and forests, and in fine weather, the view extends to Berlin. Not easy to reach, it is always worth a visit. Close to the Jewish cemetery located in the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Memorial Church, as well as the dairy farm (Brewery Restaurant) and the new garden.
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  • Nice place for a wedding event. But it is quite cold during the night, since it is an open space. But the venue is wonderful
  • An absolute gem! It has the best vista into Potsdam with Berlin in the distance.
  • Nice structure surrounded by a beautiful park. Great place to walk, to cycle and to picnic.
  • Just amazing place.
  • Nice tour destination. Round view from the tower roof. The area is part of the royal gardens.
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